Part I. Marine Energy: Wave of Power for Virginia? Scotland Shows the Way!
With so much coastal property, this state could be harvesting the energy of waves, currents and tides to power homes and offices, factories and electric cars. But Virginia is far from the day when that might happen. Click here to read the full story.
Part II. West Coast Waves Promise Clean Power
This month, the U.S. Department of Energy will choose twenty semi-finalists in a contest to design devices that can harvest the power of ocean waves. Ninety-two teams of inventors have applied for more than $2 million, and four of them are from Virginia. Click here to read the full story.
Part III. Marine Energy Drives Economic Development
This week, we’re reporting on marine energy – power generated from waves, currents and tides. As a state with 112 miles of coastline, Virginia should be a prime candidate for development of this resource, but so far there’s no sign of an industry. Click here to read the full story.
Part IV. Marine Mammals and Fish Befriend Offshore Turbines
Conditions off the coast of Virginia are ideal for construction of offshore wind turbines, but scientists see a limited role for marine energy – power generated from waves, currents and tides. Click here to read the full story.
Part V. Virginia Company A Leader in Marine Energy
Four engineers from Virginia Tech have beat 72 other teams to win a place in the federal government’s Wave Energy competition. Eric Paterson , George Hagerman, Mike Philen and Heng Xiao now have the chance to win $2 million to build their design which would turn wave power into electricity. Another Virginia team chose not to enter the contest. Instead, they’re hoping to leapfrog the competition by installing a successful commercial wave farm in Europe. Click here to read the full story.